Sunday, July 3, 2016

Although it may not have been George Lucas’s intention to draw Christian themes into the Star Wars Saga, I have been able to analyze the films more closely and draw upon how certain facts within the films are related to the Bible.

First there is the Force. Obi Wan explains to Luke that the Force “surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together,” which evokes Pauline imagery of “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:6) Darth Sidious and Vader make temptations to Luke to give into his anger and join the Dark Side of the Force, which is  similar to how Satan tempts of Eve in the Garden of Eden and Jesus in the desert.

There is also the famous quote, “May the Force be with you” which is very similar to the Christian saying, “May God be with you.” Also when Obi-Wan states to young Luke Skywalker, “Remember, the Force will be with you always,” it mirrors Jesus comforting his disciples by proclaiming, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

The story of Luke Skywalker

Next, there is the story of Luke Skywalker. See when Luke was born, he was separated from his mother while all the Jedi Knights spread across the Galaxy were hunted down and destroyed, just as how Moses was separated from his mother when he was born while all the Hebrew first born in Egypt were being murdered. There is also talk of a prophecy. In the Star Wars Prequels, the prophecy states of how the chosen one will bring balance to the force, so the Emperor has Darth Vader hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights to prevent the prophecy from ever happening, while in the Book of Exodus, there is a prophecy how of one will deliver the slaves from Egypt, and so the Pharaoh orders the death of the Hebrew first born to prevent the prophecy of the Deliverer.

To continue on, I also found how the Death of Luke’s Aunt and Uncle relates to Moses and the Bible. See after Luke discovers that his Aunt and Uncle were murdered by Imperial Stormtroopers, he leaves Tatooine and joins the Rebel Alliance to Destroy the Death Star. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Emperor vows to have Luke hunted down and brought over to the Dark Side, or be destroyed. This relates to the story of Moses in Exodus because when Moses witnesses a brutal taskmaster beating on a Hebrew slave, he kills the taskmaster. When the Pharaoh finds out about Moses act, he vows to have Moses killed.

The Emperor himself can be seen very similar to the Pharaoh of Egypt. The Emperor commands a massive Galactic Empire, where imperial troops slaughter innocent people, and their ultimate weapon destroys millions of innocent lives by destroying the planet Alderaan. The Pharaoh of Egypt also commands a large army of brutal forces in Egypt that perform harsh, brutal acts on the slaves of Egypt.

Then there is the discovery of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s spirit. In the Empire Strikes back, after Luke escapes the Wampa cave, and freezes to death in the horrible blizzard on Hoth, he discovers the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi, who instructs Luke to travel to the planet Dagobah to learn the ways of the Jedi Knight under the training of Master Yoda. This is similar to when Moses hikes upon Mount Sinai and discovers the burning bush, and hears the voice of God, instructing him to return to Egypt to free the Hebrew Slaves.

Then there is the scene where Yoda calls upon the force to lift Luke’s X-wing Starfighter from the swamps of Dagobah. Luke never thought that such a task could ever be achieved, and Yoda proves him wrong by doing so. This relates to when Moses and the slaves of Egypt are fleeing the Pharaoh’s army, but are trapped by the Red Sea. Nobody thought it was possible for them to cross, and yet Moses proves them wrong by calling upon God to part ways in the sea, allowing them to cross.

In Return of the Jedi, after when Luke defeated Vader in the Final Climax on board the Second Death Star, The Emperor attempts to persuade Luke into killing his defenseless Father, thus completing his journey to the Dark Side of the Force. "Now, fulfill your destiny. And take your Father's place at my side." When Luke refuses to give in, The Emperor responds by attempting to kill Luke with Force Lightning. The Miraculous thing that happened was that after spending over 3 minutes of being electrocuted, Luke did not die. When Vader rescued Luke by the tortures of the Emperor, Luke was still strong enough to carry his crippled Father to safety. This scene to me relates to the story of King Nebuchadnezzar and The Fiery Furnace. Three men were brought before Nebuchadnezzar, and Nebuchadnezzar ordered those men to bow down and worship him as their God. But the men refused. In response, the men were thrown into the Fiery Furnace. But these men did not die. They came our stronger as ever. 

The last comparison is Luke Skywalker’s appearance in Star Wars Episode 7. Yoda's plan for Luke was to succeed him by training a generation of Jedi's, and bring peace and justice to the Galaxy. However, in Star Wars Episode 7, Han Solo explains that Luke tried to rebuild the Jedi Order but went into exile after an apprentice turned to the dark side and destroyed all that Luke had built. This to me is very similar to how after Moses freed the slaves of Egypt, he was denied entry into the Promise Land. At the end of the film in Episode 7, we see an elderly Luke Skywalker overlooking the ocean from the cliffs, similar to how in the movie The Ten Commandments, Moses stands up on the mountains overlooking the view as the people enter the promise Land.

The story of Anakin Skywalker

This is a thought that popped into my head while I was asleep. I had woken up, grabbed my laptop, and had to immediately start brainstorming and writing down the thoughts in my head. See in a way, I feel as if the story of Anakin Skywalker relates to the story of Cain when he killed his brother Abel. After the death of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi made a promise to his dying master that he would take Anakin under his wing and train him as a Jedi Knight. As the two grew together, Anakin and Obi-Wan were close, and considered each other their brother. Cain murdered his brother because he was jealous of how God favored Abel. Anakin often grew jealous throughout his Jedi Trainings, and believe that he deserved so much more that what he was given, and always believed he was far better than Obi-Wan. Anakin’s jealousy, anger, and hatred consumed him to the dark side of the force, and he became Darth Vader. Now it is true that when Anakin and Obi-Wan face off on the planet Mustafar, that Obi-Wan defeats Anakin by severing his legs and arm. But in A New Hope, when Vader and Obi-Wan meet again, and duel on the Death Star, Obi-Wan allows Vader to kill him by letting his guard down. Although Obi-Wan knew he would meet his demise, Vader’s act still counts as murder because of how he struck at Obi-Wan when he was defenseless.

The powerful thing about both characters is the punishment they suffered. God put a mark on Cain so that nobody could kill him, but Cain also had to live the rest of his life doing unfruitful jobs, and with the guilt of killing his brother. I don’t know if Vader relates the same way or not, but I know that he too was marked. Vader suffered scars and burns after being burned on the planet Mustafar, and when he was fitted with the new mechanical suit and armor, it was impossible to kill him. Vader too had suffered the guilt of his bad deeds. In Return of the Jedi, he tells Luke “It is too late for me, son.” That shows that he is suffering guilt for his acts, but cannot fight the control the dark side has on him.